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News Release
Update to Salem Fire Department - 01/12/21


Tue, January 12, 2021

Salem, Ore.- Salem Fire Department was provided a bystander video of the boat capsizing incident that occurred Monday around 3:30 pm.

This incident is currently under investigation. Salvage and recovery efforts are scheduled to begin later this week. The three firefighters involved in the incident are doing well with no reported injuries.

Salem Fire Department still has the capability of responding to 9-1-1 water-based rescues or river emergencies using a reserve boat.

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Mon, January 11, 2021

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 3:30 PM The Salem Fire Department experienced an incident during boat operator training that resulted in the sinking of the Salem Fire Response Boat in the Willamette River. The event is still under investigation. All 3 crew members were wearing life jackets and were able to make it to shore on their own and no injuries have been reported.

More information will be provided as the investigation proceeds.

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